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NEWS RELEASES 2009-10

NEWS RELEASES 2009-10 :: OCTOBER 27, 2009

RECOVERY FUNDS TO PURCHASE BUS EMISSION
REDUCTION DEVICES/NEW BUSES

A number of North Carolina school buses equipped with diesel engines will soon be retrofitted with emission-reducing equipment and several new buses will be purchased thanks to grant funds received by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) and the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (NCDAQ) from the National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program. Funds for this program were provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

United States Environmental Protection Agency Acting Administrator in Atlanta Stan Meiburg said this grant would provide long-term economic benefits for North Carolina. "This funding will go a long way in helping to bolster the economy and protect public health and the environment by creating green jobs that improve air quality," Meiburg said.

State Superintendent June Atkinson said, "We already know that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school. We are pleased to be able to do our part in also helping to make the air healthier for students riding our buses."

The NCDPI received $509,000 in grant funds to retrofit 121 school buses and replace six school buses in Edgecombe, Nash, Pitt and Wilson counties. In addition to these funds, the NCDAQ allocated $344,000 in grant funds to retrofit 249 school buses in Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Chowan, Gaston, Jackson, Martin, Stokes and Vance counties. The diesel control devices installed in these buses have a particulate removal efficiency of 25 percent or greater.

For more information about EPA's clean diesel initiatives, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel. For more information on North Carolina's grant, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919.807.3450 or the North Carolina Division of Air Quality at 919.715.7408.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.